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NISS conducts Level 1 course for boxing coaches

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The National Institute of Sports Science (NISS) is conducting a Sports Science Certificate Level 1 course for boxing coaches on a request made by R.M. Upali Bandara, President of the Boxing Coaches Association of Sri Lanka (BCASL).

The course, which began on September 24 will run until November 6 covering a duration of 60 hours, attended by 60 coaches.

The main objective of this course is to provide boxing coaches with an extensive knowledge of sports science and to direct their athletes to become international medallists, said Bandara.

Among the subjects in the course syllabus are Applied Physical Qualities and Training Methods for Boxing, Role of the Coach, Basic Skill, Movements and Techniques, Recovery Methods, Footwork drills, Nutrition for boxing, Psychology and Mental Preparation and Physiology of Athlete Preparation.

The key lecturers during the course are Sajith Jayalal, Director of NISS, former national coach Capt. (Rtd) R.K. Indrasena, international boxing official Rukman Wekadapola, basketball coach and coordinator Chathura Rodrigo, Dr Lal Ekanayake, Director General of the Sports Medicine Institute of the Sports Ministry, Dr Samantha Nanayakkara, a renowned sports and exercise physician, Thisara Jayasekera, R.A.D. Jeewantha, R.T. Jayasingha and C.S.A. Arachchi.

The BCASL also hopes to conduct the Sports Science Certificate Level 2 boxing course at the NISS later this year in addition to an Anti-Doping Certificate course conducted by the Anti – Doping Agency in Sri Lanka, a boxing coaches coaching camp and AIBA 1-star and 2-star international certification courses in Sri Lanka, according to Bandara.



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Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe to promote women’s cricket

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Sri Lanka Cricket announced the appointment of Olympic Silver Medalist  Susanthika Jayasinghe as the ‘Consultant—Mentoring and Development of Women’s Cricket.”

Jayasinghe, one of the most decorated athletes produced by Sri Lanka and the only female athlete to win an Olympic medal for her country and the only Asian woman athlete to have won an Olympic medal in sprint events, will use her story of grit and determination to inspire the present and future generations of women cricketers in Sri Lanka.

Her appointment took effect on February 1, 2023.

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Sri Lanka leave out injured Hasini Perera for T20 World Cup

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Sri Lanka will be without Hasini Perera during the T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka have left out experienced campaigner Hasini Perera from their 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup after she suffered an injury. Perera, who was named in the original squad, was forced out after injuring her finger during a practice session.

She has been replaced by Sathya Sandeepani, whose only appearance for the national side came in the 2020 T20 World Cup encounter against runners-up India. Apart from the forced change, the Asian side have also made a couple of changes to their squad from the one that reached the Asia Cup final last October.

Rashmi Silva and Madushika Methtananda, two players who didn’t get an opportunity in the Asia Cup, have been left out of the squad for the World Cup in favour of Vishmi Gunaratne and Ama Kanchana. 17-year-old Vishmi made her debut in both T20Is and ODIs last year for Sri Lanka and the experienced Ama Kanchana, who made her T20I debut almost 10 years ago, has been recalled for the first time since the Commonwealth Games.

Chamari Athapaththu will lead the 15-member squad once again. Sri Lanka are in Group A alongside New Zealand, Bangladesh, hosts South Africa and defending champions Australia. They begin their campaign on the opening night (February 10) against South Africa at Newlands.

Squad:

Chamari Athapaththu (C), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya, Tharika Sewwandi, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Sathya Sandeepani.

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President’s Mahara and Sri Parakrama NS Kobeigane declared joint champions

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The captains of the two schools Mihilsara Oshan (President’s College) and Adeesha Lakshan (Sri Parakrama NS) are seen with the trophy here.

Under 13 Division III Cricket Final

President’s College Mahara and Sri Parakrama National School Kobeigane were declared joint champions of the Under 13 Division III cricket tournament after the final between the two schools ended in a no-decision at Ananda Sastralaya ground Kotte yesterday. In reply to President’s 183 runs, Sri Parakrama National School were 133 for five wickets when rain prevented further play.

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